Meryl Thomson Ober
Meryl Thomson Ober is an IRB Administrator for the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects at Harvard University. In this role, she is on the team that guides the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences through the IRB process. She also assists in undergraduate ethics training and IRB education in the broader Harvard University Area.
Before joining Harvard in 2016, Meryl was a Research Assistant at both the University of Massachusetts Boston and Brandeis University while working on her doctoral studies at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Her dissertation focuses on how mothers living in Appalachia utilize child care to secure career mobility. With her background in research, both qualitative and quantitative, she finds IRB review work a fulfilling avenue to combine her love of helping others and designing research to study social problems.
Hailing from Kentucky, she is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. She attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology. She moved to Boston in 2008 to earn a M.S. in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, before earning a M.A. in Social Policy from Brandeis University.